Teaching to ride a bike.

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  • Deleted user 11 August 2010 16:08:45
    Just taking the stabilizers of my youngest sons bike to teach him without.

    Going to teach him to ride on a nice soft grassy field in case worse come to worst, just like I did my eldest Son. (he's six BTW).

    What are your experiences and tips?

    /Can't find pump.
    /Goes to cycle shop at top of road for new one.
  • smoothpete 11 Aug 2010 16:11:55 31,332 posts
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    My childhood bike only had a stabiliser on the left side, so when I tried a bike without any stabilisers I just fell over to the left
  • RedSparrows 11 Aug 2010 16:13:27 22,030 posts
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    Just. Keep. Pedalling.

    My brother in law is 28 or summat and can't ride a bike.

  • Load_2.0 11 Aug 2010 16:15:29 18,893 posts
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    Pete


    Riding on the grass is harder, shirley? Not as much grip.
  • billythekid 11 Aug 2010 16:17:00 11,023 posts
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    RedSparrows wrote:
    Just. Keep. Pedalling.

  • MiniAmin 11 Aug 2010 16:17:21 3,390 posts
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    RedSparrows wrote:
    Just. Keep. Pedalling.

    My brother in law is 28 or summat and can't ride a bike.


    I'm 28 and I can't ride a dyke

    /runs
  • Deleted user 11 August 2010 16:17:40
    Softer landing though.
  • sport 11 Aug 2010 16:19:15 12,545 posts
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    Just make sure you laugh at him when he falls. Humiliation is the best motivator.
  • billythekid 11 Aug 2010 16:19:42 11,023 posts
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    Oh and you have to run along behind holding the bike by the seat and then suddenly let go and he won't even realise he's doing it all by himself.
    Then he'll look behind, see your not there and then crash. At this point it's essential he gets back on or he may never want to do it again.
  • kalel 11 Aug 2010 16:20:47 86,344 posts
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    My dad used to pull me along on a rope.
  • Load_2.0 11 Aug 2010 16:22:20 18,893 posts
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    You have to ensure that there is a wall in front of him.

    There was a boy in China and his father did the "push from behind technique" but the boy didn't stop after his father let go, now he peddles around the world.

    Last recorded sighting was Egypt.

  • sport 11 Aug 2010 16:23:06 12,545 posts
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    billythekid wrote:
    Oh and you have to run along behind holding the bike by the seat and then suddenly let go and he won't even realise he's doing it all by himself.
    Then he'll look behind, see your not there and then crash. At this point it's essential he gets back on or he may never want to do it again.

    or calls you a "fucking prick".
  • Fake_Blood 11 Aug 2010 16:26:32 4,068 posts
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    BEHOLD
  • kalel 11 Aug 2010 16:28:49 86,344 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    My dad used to pull me along on a rope.

    Come on...that was a simple tap-in for someone...
  • darrenb 11 Aug 2010 16:33:10 676 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    kalel wrote:
    My dad used to pull me along on a rope.

    Come on...that was a simple tap-in for someone...

    Was it tied to the back of his car...
  • Deleted user 11 August 2010 18:17:08
    I'm a bad Daddy, he hurt his little finger, and cried a couple of times but he went by himself for the full lenght of the track bless him.

    Going to take him on it at park tommorow to get more used to it. My little champion. :)
  • Mr.Small 11 Aug 2010 18:46:09 317 posts
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    Here you go

    I'm the quiet one

  • Deleted user 12 August 2010 12:46:58
    \o/ yey \o/ He can ride his bike now, stabilizers in the bin, taught him how to stop properly and in case of emergency by jumping in front of him lol. The only trouble he has is starting himself off if there's a slight incline but all is good.

    Well done son :)
  • sport 12 Aug 2010 13:03:00 12,545 posts
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    XrustynutsX wrote:
    taught him how to stop properly and in case of emergency by jumping in front of him lol.

    Can picture this now, hands in the air, screaming :-D
  • billythekid 12 Aug 2010 13:07:43 11,023 posts
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    Now you need to teach him how to do wheelies. Contrary to popular belief, they are big and they are clever.
  • sport 12 Aug 2010 13:12:34 12,545 posts
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    and chicks love it.
  • Deleted user 12 August 2010 13:17:27
    :) He'll be doing Endos and wheeelies before we know it.

    Can't believe how fast he picked it up.

    /all proud and stuff.

    /crosses arms feeling satisfied.
  • billythekid 12 Aug 2010 13:24:44 11,023 posts
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    Jumps too, made from a piece of wood of dubious strength and several odd sized bricks!
  • MrDigital 12 Aug 2010 22:19:01 1,866 posts
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    I only learned to cycle when I was 17. And yeah, just - keep - pedalling.

    Formerly TheStylishHobo and Geesh.

  • mrpon 12 Aug 2010 22:31:32 28,437 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    My dad used to pull off
    /back of the net?

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • heyyo 12 Aug 2010 22:49:09 14,374 posts
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    Geesh wrote:
    I only learned to cycle when I was 17. And yeah, just - keep - pedalling.

    I learned when I was 20... my mate got a new bike and for no reason I just jumped on, wobbled violently once and was on my way.

    Was ultra scared of bikes when I was young because I saw a schoolmate's arm almost snap off when he fell off the bike, so I didn't ride one at all until that point.
  • DaM 13 Jun 2012 11:46:46 12,899 posts
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    Bump!
    I took stabilisers off my daughter's bike a few weeks ago, but she was struggling with balance - just kept leaning hugely to the left or right.

    So did some research and found this technique.

    Remove the pedals - just the pedals, not the crank, easy job.

    Put the seat down a bit, and make it essentially a balance bike. Then just get them to practice getting up speed and lifting their feet and balancing. A small downhill helps.

    Once they get the hang of this, and have the confidence, pop the pedals back on.

    She cracked the pedalling and balancing straight away. Now just the steering to work on....
  • Vortex808 13 Jun 2012 12:07:03 6,947 posts
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    \o/

    Excellent stuff.

    Our wee lad's ok at the steering and pedalling bit, it's the balancing that's still the issue. Even with very uneven stabilisers he was relying on them too much.

    I have stopped using his bike and am now trying to get him used to balancing on the back of the tag-alog we have. I get much less bumps from him not balancing now, so will be trying regularly to get him to try on his own bike very soon.

    With me running behind holding the back of it, as per the usual dad teaching how to ride bike's ritual!
  • MetalDog 13 Jun 2012 12:16:57 23,708 posts
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    I taught my sister how to ride using the run-along holding the back method. When I let go I stayed jogging beside her so that she could get used to the idea that she was doing it without panicking and crashing - worked pretty quick! I reckon most of it is just confidence building.

    -- boobs do nothing for me, I want moustaches and chest hair.

  • sport 13 Jun 2012 12:18:01 12,545 posts
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    Got this bad boy the other day - http://www.imgur.com/0jtRy.jpg

    Little dude loves it!
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